Signs You Suffered a Concussion from Your Car Accident
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jan 11, 2018 in Car Accidents
The violence of car accidents can cause a severe jolting of the body or even a blow to the head. Because of this, concussions are a common injury from a crash, but they are not always so easy to detect.
Protect yourself after a car accident by knowing the signs of a concussion and what you can do to help your injury claim. Contacting our Silver Spring car accident attorneys is an important step in helping ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover from your injury. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation today.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head. In a car accident, the impact can cause your brain to move within your head, possibly coming into contact with your skull. This can cause tearing, bruising or bleeding.
Concussions are rated by grades, of which there are three:
- Grade 1 concussions occur with no loss of consciousness. The victim may suffer temporary amnesia for less than 30 minutes after the injury occurs.
- Grade 2 concussions involve a loss of consciousness, and victims may suffer amnesia for 30 minutes to 24 hours after the injury.
- Grade 3 concussions occur when the victim is unconscious for more than five minutes or suffered amnesia that lasted over 24 hours.
While most concussion victims recover fully in about a week, sometimes a concussion can be more serious, even life-threatening. If you suffer from symptoms of a concussion, always seek medical care right away.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
If you were in a car accident, these signs could indicate you suffered a concussion:
- You suffer from nausea, dizziness and light sensitivity and may have vomited since the accident.
- You have ringing in your ears or are “seeing stars.” These signs typically indicate a mild head trauma.
- Your sleep is disrupted. You may be sleeping more or having trouble getting to sleep and sleeping less.
- You have mood swings. You may notice this shift, or others may bring attention to it. You may feel nervous or anxious with no explanation, seem depressed or listless, or become irritable or angered easily.
- You have a headache you cannot get rid of, and it might be getting worse.
- If you have trouble concentrating on tasks at hand.
- You have blurred vision and/or balance problems.
- You were unconscious. Whether this lasted a few seconds or longer, losing consciousness indicates brain trauma. It may have been caused by your head striking the steering wheel, windshield or other part of the vehicle.
- You have amnesia or confusion. This symptom may not be apparent until many hours after the accident, or even days. You may find it difficult to concentrate, remember things and experience confusion about daily details.
- In severe cases, you may suffer seizures.
You should always seek immediate medical care following any car accident. This is especially important if you have any of these signs or symptoms of a concussion. This will make sure you receive the medical care and treatment you need. It will also provide a documented link between your injury and the accident.
Damages in Car Accident Concussion Lawsuits
Often accident victims make full recoveries from concussions, but there are many who do not. Chronic problems can result from a concussion, disrupting the lives and health of victims. Victims may be driven to violence or even suicide due to these extreme changes. They may lose their jobs due to the lingering effects of a concussion, causing them to lose income. Ongoing medical care may be needed, which can rack up costs.
Because a concussion can have such substantial and long-lasting effects, victims may be able to recover damages, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contact Our Silver Spring Car Accident Lawyers
Goldberg Finnegan’s experienced car accident lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve after a car accident. We will investigate your claim and work to recover the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our legal team now. We work on contingency, so you only pay legal fees if we recover compensation for you.